March 07, 2018 | Downers Grove, IL
Students and faculty members from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) recently participated in a national event in Washington, D.C. to inform lawmakers about the importance of osteopathic medicine and encourage action on vital healthcare issues.
Organized by the American Osteopathic Association, DO Day on Capitol Hill is an opportunity for DOs and osteopathic medical students to engage with legislators and communicate their position on important health policy issues. Thirty-two students from CCOM joined the more than 1,000 students and osteopathic physicians to participate in the event on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
The CCOM students started the day with a meeting with Joe Heck, D.O., who served as the U.S. Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district from 2011 to 2017 and was the first D.O. elected to the House of Representatives. Dr. Heck discussed the importance of advocacy and encouraged the students to take an active role in politics. The students also learned about important issues and current legislation that could impact them in their future medical careers. As part of the day, CCOM students also had the opportunity to meet with Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin to further discuss important health policy issues.